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12:45 PM ET, April 20, 2010

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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Head Lock  —  The inside story of how Goldman and the banks are getting clobbered on financial reform.  —  Some two dozen executives from large corporations will be descending on Capitol Hill today to make the case against over-regulating derivatives.  The “fly-in” is being organized in part …
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The Note:
Crist's Passions: Listening for Answers the GOP May Not Want  —  Charlie Crist gets to set the course for the GOP after all.  (Whether it's where Republicans want to be led — that's another question.)  —  Since we know that he's listening and all — what he's hearing back is some mixed sounds, of varying volumes.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Collins pledges to block Democratic Wall Street bill
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Debate tests members' financial IQs
Discussion: The Caucus and Indecision Forever
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
Wall Street Profits Highlight Case for Derivatives Reform
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gay rights protesters interrupt Obama speech at fundraiser  —  Gay rights protesters interrupted President Barack Obama's speech at a fundraiser for California Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) Monday night in Los Angeles.  —  Activists from a group called GetEQUAL began shouting at Obama while he was speaking at the podium.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Gay protesters interrupt Obama at California fundraiser for Barbara Boxer
Karen Ocamb / LGBT POV:
DADT Protester Talks About Disrupting Obama Fundraiser for Boxer
New York Times:
For Apple, Lost iPhone Is a Big Deal  —  For anyone who has ever lost a cellphone, remember this: it could be worse.  You could be the person who left his phone in a bar in California.  And it wasn't just any phone; it was a supersecret version of the next iPhone.
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
A Letter: Apple Wants Its Secret iPhone Back  —  Well, how can I explain this?  I got some interesting calls today.  It was Apple.  And they wanted their phone back.  —  This phone was lost, and then found.  But from Apple's perspective, it could have been considered stolen.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court voids law aimed at banning animal cruelty videos  —  The Supreme Court struck down a federal law Tuesday aimed at banning videos depicting graphic violence against animals, saying that it violates the constitutional right to free speech.  —  Chief Justice John J. Roberts Jr. …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
First Amendment left intact  —  Refusing to remove another form of expression from the protection of the First Amendment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 8-1 that the government lacks the power to outlaw expressions of animal cruelty, when that is done in videotapes and other commercial media.
The Hill:
Dem to Obama: Push immigration or I'll tell Latino voters to stay home  —  A congressman from the president's home state is threatening that he will urge Latino voters to stay home this November if the Democratic Party does not make a concerted effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCain: Senate GOP will oppose immigration reform until borders secured
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
The Politico:
Goldman Sachs taps ex-W.H. counsel  —  Goldman Sachs is launching an aggressive response to its political and legal challenges with an unlikely ally at its side — President Barack Obama's former White House counsel, Gregory Craig.  —  The beleaguered Wall Street bank hired Craig …
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Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons  —  The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Burns leads Critz 44-41  —  Buoyed by an electorate that is exceptionally sour on national Democrats, Republican Tim Burns has a 44-41 lead over Democrat Mark Critz in the special election to replace John Murtha in the House.  —  It's a rare election these days where both candidates are viewed pretty favorably in the district.
Discussion: The Eye and RedState
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans tout new poll showing Pa. special election competitive
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Hoyer says House won't vote on D.C. voting rights bill  —  The House will not vote on a bill granting the District of Columbia a voting member of Congress, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday.  —  “The price was too high,” said Hoyer (D-Md.), who cited extraneous measures …
Discussion: The Note and CNN
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Dems ditch D.C. voting rights bill
Discussion: Townhall.com
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Split Over How to Win in Fall  —  WASHINGTON—Sen. John Cornyn, who is spearheading the Republicans' campaign to take back the Senate, is on a roll.  The GOP snatched a seat in Massachusetts and polls favor Republicans in many key states.  —  But the genial Texas lawyer is facing an unusual challenge …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What's behind the anti-Tea Party hate narrative?  —  There's a new narrative taking hold in the wake of the recent Tea Party protests and the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing: The Tea Partiers' intense opposition to the Obama administration has led to overheated political rhetoric …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Gun-toting protesters voice violent thoughts peacefully
Discussion: Harry's Place
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Crist: 'I'm Staying in This Race' — By: Robert Costa  —  In an exclusive interview, Gov. Charlie Crist (R., Fla.) tells National Review Online that “damn right, I'm staying in this race.”  He tells us that he will not run as a Democrat.  “I was never going to do that.”
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Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Dorothy I. Height, founding matriarch of civil rights movement, dies at 98  —  Dorothy I. Height, 98, a founding matriarch of the American civil rights movement whose crusade for racial justice and gender equality spanned more than six decades, died early Tuesday morning of natural causes …
Reuters:
US climate report publicized in runup to Senate bill  —  Source: Reuters  —  An environmental coalition publicized a new U.S. draft report on climate change on Monday, one week before the expected unveiling of a compromise U.S. Senate bill that aims to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Discussion: Sense of Events and Gateway Pundit
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Energy debate grows divisive
kausforcalifornia.com:
Obama to Save Boxer Like He Saved Corzine!  —  Do Obama and Boxer realize they are on the wrong side of a tsunami of voter discontent with a government run by and for the public employee unions?  —  President Obama is “swooping” into Los Angeles today to try to save Senator Barbara Boxer …
Associated Press:
Mitt Romney takes to life in new California home  —  SAN DIEGO — When Mitt Romney breezed into a book-signing here recently, some people from Massachusetts may not have recognized him.  —  True, his hair was slicked back in signature style, but his rumpled cotton shirt looked nothing …
Kenneth Anderson / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Waco  —  Bill Clinton's invocation of Timothy McVeigh in connection with the Tea Party movement caused me to recall my review of a book on the Waco massacre that was a motivation for McVeigh.  The book under review was Reavis, The Ashes of Waco, and it appeared in the Times Literary Supplement in 1995.
CNN:
N.Y. Yankees going to the White House  —  The 2009 World Champion New York Yankees will celebrate their World Series victory over the Philadelphia Phillies with President Obama next Monday.  —  (CNN) - Derek Jeter and the rest of the New York Yankees are coming to the White House next Monday …
Discussion: The Page
 
 
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Reuters:
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Lonnae O'Neal Parker / Washington Post:
HRC head gets praise, flak for Obama's gay-rights initiatives
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ProPublica:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Riders on the Storm  —  In 2001, Cass R. Sunstein wrote an essay …
Discussion: driftglass
CNN:
Biden to announce change in Title IX women's sports policy
Discussion: TalkLeft
Pamela Geller / Human Events:
Free Speech Denied In Miami
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert To Stay on Comedy Central Through 2012 Election
Discussion: Mediaite
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Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System
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Bruce J. Schulman / The Politico:
The costs of crossing the president